[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Final CFP IROS-2018 workshop on Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment

Marie Babel marie.babel at irisa.fr
Mon Jul 9 08:46:26 PDT 2018

Final Call for papers - Extended deadline 

**Apologies for cross posting ** 

7th IROS -2018 workshop on Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment: From Personal Mobility Aids to Rehabilitation-Oriented Robotics 
Full Day Workshop 
October 1st, 2018, Madrid, Spain 

Website and contact: [ https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lissi.fr_iros-2Dar2018_doku.php&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=2S0Ns-TWPaF1yQWM5vyGUKxdmzGSLgAzf74N0CaPe44&s=P8j1QuF0G1m8hE01C0hq1RYVqKDNu_QsCD4FdEV6yf8&e= | https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__lissi.fr_iros-2Dar2018_doku.php&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=2S0Ns-TWPaF1yQWM5vyGUKxdmzGSLgAzf74N0CaPe44&s=P8j1QuF0G1m8hE01C0hq1RYVqKDNu_QsCD4FdEV6yf8&e= ] 
Submission: [ https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_cfp_iros-2Dar18&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=2S0Ns-TWPaF1yQWM5vyGUKxdmzGSLgAzf74N0CaPe44&s=9KcuIAbcJz4UD4aMRag5XE0Lcm13dbEolSFQknQpoPs&e= | https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__easychair.org_cfp_iros-2Dar18&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=2S0Ns-TWPaF1yQWM5vyGUKxdmzGSLgAzf74N0CaPe44&s=9KcuIAbcJz4UD4aMRag5XE0Lcm13dbEolSFQknQpoPs&e= ] 

Participants are invited to submit extended abstracts (2 pages) following the IEEE conference template ( extended deadline July 12, 2018 ). Selected contributions will be presented during the workshop in an oral session and authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for a future special issue in a journal. 

Assistive Robotics is a growing area of research, ranging, from intelligent aid systems such as exoskeletons, wearable haptic devices and path planners for autonomous wheelchairs. The proposed workshop focuses on Robotics for people assistance with a particular focus on frail people. This is indeed a critical and urgent problem in our aging society (it is projected that the combined senior and geriatric population will reach 2.1 billion by 2050). The idea is then to gather experts from various fields to discuss issues related to the challenging problem of assisting people in their everyday life. Topics related to physical human-robot interaction, mobility assistance, guidance, healthcare and well-being will be covered. Fundamental and technological research on (sem autonomous indoor vehicles, sensor and actuator networks, wearable and ubiquitous computing, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), and ambient intelligence will be of special interest. The objective of the workshop is to provide an overview of the main challenges, relevant applications and open opportunities in Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment. 

Achieving autonomy remains a fundamental need that contributes to the individual’s wellness and well-being. While important advances have been made in this field, further work is needed for full independence. The smart wheelchair is a perfect example to illustrate the difficulty to design a mobility aid system which match users' needs and abilities. This 2018 edition of the workshop will be then particularly concerned with assistive devices for mobility such as autonomous wheelchairs. In addition, in the context of physical rehabilitation, understanding and interpreting user intentions to bridge the gap between humans and machines, is an emergent field of research. If assistive robots can be seen as a tool to retrieve or maintain cognitive and/or motor abilities, one could take advantage of the proposed assistive tool to enhance the user Quality of Experience by means of dedicated feedbacks. Indeed, adapted interfaces should improve the understanding of users as they can be seen as a communication channel between the user and the robotic controller. Human-oriented design of assistive technologies is still in its infancy, especially in the field of handicap and this workshop will encourage discussions in this field. 

Topics of interest for the workshop are (but are not limited to): 

- Assistive robots for individuals with disabilities 
- Robot navigation among humans 
- Interaction-aware motion planning 
- Control for human-robot physical interaction 
- Compliant robots 
- Safety assessment for robot navigation in crowds 
- Ethics for assistive robotics 
- User-centered design of robotic system 
- Accessibility 
- Shared control 
- Human-oriented design of robots 
- Brain-computer and neural interfaces 
- Smart wheelchairs 

Invited Speakers 
- Norihiro Hagita (ATR IRC Laboratories, Japan) 
- Christopher T. Ray (Texas Woman's University, Dallas, USA) 
- Tom Carlson (Aspire-CREATE, University College London, UK) 
- Domenico Prattichizzo (SIRSLab, University of Siena, Italy) 
- Vincent Padois (ISIR, Sorbonne University, France) 
- Tamim Asfour (H2T Lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) 
- Markus Vincze (Vision for Robotics laboratory, TU Wien, Austria) 
- Jan Babic (Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia) 
- Auke Ijspeert (Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland) 

Important dates: 
- Papers submission deadline: July 7th, 2018 July 12th, 2018 
- Acceptance Notification: July 22th, 2018 
- Camera Ready deadline: September 1st, 2018 
- Registration deadline: see IROS website 
- Workshop date: October 1st, 2018 

- Marie Babel, marie.babel at irisa.fr 
- Fabio Morbidi, fabio.morbidi at u-picardie.fr 
- Samer Mohammed, samer.mohammed at u-pec.fr 
- David Daney, david.daney at inria.fr 
- Yacine Amirat, amirat at u-pec.fr 
- Francis Colas, francis.colas at inria.fr 

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